About 10 years ago @ age of 22 I had my cholesterol tested and it was normal/good with a total of 150. I don't remember the other numbers but they all were good. I began a plant-based whole food lifestyle about 2 months ago. I have a couple genetic mutations which predispose me to blood clots. As I researched blood clotting I found that having an acidic body encourages more clotting. (I have had one DVT from an IV during an emergency c-section a little over a year ago. I had risk factors that encouraged the clotting as well including, recent pregnancy, and surgery.) Anyway, I chose to remove all animal products as they can cause inflammation and animal protein can lower the body's ph. So I did that. I just had my cholesterol checked this week and my numbers are remarkable. Total cholesterol 94, LDL 58, HDL 31, Triglycerides 25. My question is this. I know that HDL should be above 40. However, all my ratios are excellent. Should I really worry about that # or is that too narrow a view of my health? I eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds. I occasionally have avocados as well as daily eating 2T ground flax on my cereal. My ratios are optimal, just that one number is scary to me!